Moyes: 'We Pushed Them Close'
Everton boss satisfied despite defeat.
Everton manager David Moyes was full of praise for his side despite seeing them lose their unbeaten home record against Chelsea.
After Steven Pienaar had put the Toffees ahead inside two minutes, the end of year clash was turned on its head by Frank Lampard’s brace.
It brought to an end an impressive 14-game run at Goodison Park that stretched back to a 1-0 defeat against Arsenal in March.
However, a satisfied Moyes insisted his team – missing the influential Phil Neville and Darron Gibson through injury – ran the Londoners close from start to finish.
“We are not disappointed with how we played because we did really well,” he said. “We have run the European champions really close, we just didn’t quite have enough in the end.
“I thought we played well enough to get something from the game and the players did a great job. From what we had available and what we could use, I thought we maximised that.
“We were a threat all day. We always looked like we could get a goal.
“We have been unfortunate with things coming back off the woodwork and not one of them falling to us. Then they get a shot that’s saved which then falls straight to their player [Lampard] in the box, so we were a little bit unlucky in that regard.”
However, Moyes did admit the hectic Christmas fixture list had taken its toll on his squad.
“It was just going to be a tough day for us with all the absentees,” he added. “Chelsea have far more players to rotate their team with. I thought maybe we could get through this and take something from the game.
“But in the end you had the likes of Steven Pienaar and one or two others running on empty by the end of it. We have asked the boys to play an awful lot of games and we can’t really change them around too much.”
The Blues boss also revealed Neville did not feature due to concerns over a recurrence of his recent knee injury, before admitting Gibson could be set for a spell on the sidelines with a groin strain.
“He could be out for a little while,” he said.